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Neighborhood confrontation over pit bull lands Mason City woman in jail


This news story was published on September 20, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A pit bull running loose in a neighborhood apparently led to a nasty confrontation and the arrest of the dog’s owner.

The incident unfolded Sunday night, September 18, at 6:55 PM, when Mason City police were called to the 700 block of South Jersey Avenue for a report of disorderly female in the street. The first time officers responded, they located the female and friends at a nearby residence and told them to stay inside with one of the residents. Officers cleared the call at 7:40 PM.

However, it seems some of the people did not stay inside after the officers left.

Additional calls came in around 8:16 PM, police tell NIT, concerning one of the earlier females arguing with a neighbor in the street. A few people were now outside yelling various threats and things appeared to be escalating even after officers arrived back on the scene. Neighbors were upset about a pitbull running loose in the area. One of the participants in the fracas, 43-year-old Stephanie Hays, was identified as the dog’s owner.

Officers tried to arrest Hays for Public Intoxication, they tell NIT. However, she allegedly resisted arrest and then spat on a police officer while she was taken into custody. She was charged with Interference with Official Acts; Public Intox; Assault on a Peace Officer; Dog at Large, No Rabies Vaccination, and No City Dog License.

As a result, the dog was taken to the animal shelter.

“Things seemed to quiet down after Hays and her dog were taken into custody,” a police spokesman said.

HAYS, STEPHANIE ANNE

HAYS, STEPHANIE ANNE

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12 Responses to Neighborhood confrontation over pit bull lands Mason City woman in jail

  1. Ryan Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Wow! Stepanie, please go get yourself some help. You can do better than this.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

    She looks like a Clinton supporter.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    dogs belong on a leash simple!! basic common sense 101

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I know/knew her folks. Fine people, hard to believe that their daughter would behave like that.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I know this woman – I seen her on TV at a CROOKED CLINTON RALLY.

  6. JDM Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Who didn’t have the rabies vaccination, her or the dog?

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    So if this dog had attacked who would be pay for injuries,? property owner or renter?By the way this went down you can bet it would be hard to of got her to pay sh*t,so the land owner would get sued for allowing mean dogs on property on 1st place.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Not only did she try to fight the neighbor, she tried to get the dog to attack him. That dog needs a new home before it’s blamed for its aggression. What a pig.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      She tried multiple times to get her dog to attack both of the neighbors!! Why is that not a crime?? How is that not assault with a deadly weapon??

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

        There are so many crimes that it could have been listed under. Harassment, intimidation, threats……

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    We have laws about keeping animals restrained for a reason. She violated the law and I hope they throw the book at her.

  10. whatever Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Just no common sense. Take responsibility and keep your dog on your own property or don’t have one not that hard if you have any brains.